Archinect - News 2017-07-23T08:51:30-04:00 Death is in the details: photographic survey of a mall about to be torn down Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T20:23:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:11:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Its architecture is painfully lost in its own time and its updates only confuse by neither integrating well into the original structure or standing out as truly contemporary. The pink kiosks, orange tiles, teal chairs and green paneled rooms, the purple plush seating in the JC Penny dressing room, and the bright blue tiered entryways are, along with other decor flourishes, seemingly random, with no coherent pattern.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Declaring that "the&nbsp;dying mall narrative" already peaked a few years ago,&nbsp;Tag Hartman-Simkins decides to photographically zero in on the details of an old mall in Galesburg, Illinois that is about to be torn down and replaced with an updated, outdoor mixed-use space. His careful observations of everything from the floor tile to the overhead music to the way mirrors are arranged in dressing rooms create a nuanced and affecting portrait of long gone times.</p> Indoor malls are out as LA's brick-and-mortar shopping centers get renovated Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T20:25:00-05:00 >2016-12-19T23:44:14-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sometime in the not too distant future we will look back at traditional malls as an anachronism &ndash; something that started with the post World War II move to the suburbs, peaked in 1990, and faded away, according to the billionaire Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso, whose properties include the Grove and the Americana at Brand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Millions of dollars are being spent on refurbishing and renovating malls in Los Angeles in an attempt to offer online shoppers an incentive to go outdoors. According to this report by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPCC</a>, the big-league mall masterminds, including Grove guru Rick Caruso, are purposefully trying to redesign malls to center around activities like eating and socializing, experiences which are arguably better in person (and which indoor malls frequently sequester to dimly lit food courts). Although many are predicting the outright death of indoor malls, others are simply <a href="http://they%20apparently%20haven't%20been%20keeping%20up%20on%20inventive%20repurposing%20schemes%20that%20convert%20the%20space%20into%20hospitals,%20parks,%20and%20occasionally%20dwellings%20in%20housing%20crisis-plagued%20cities." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">repurposing them into religious centers, hospitals, and occasionally dwellings in housing-crisis plagued cities.</a></p><p>For more on malls:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson!</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's ghost towns and phantom malls</a></li></ul> A supermall grows in fracking country Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-08T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T09:55:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today Williston&mdash;which sits atop the oil-rich Bakken shale formation&mdash;is enjoying a second life as a key player in the state's booming economy. Following several years of record population growth and real estate development, the town will soon boast one more draw: a $500 million retail mecca complete with shopping, a hotel and indoor water park. Not bad for a town of just 32,000 people. [...] "The U.S. isn't overretailed, it's under-idea-ed"</p></em><br /><br /><p>We discuss the decline and (perhaps inevitable) death of the American shopping mall on episode #32 of Archinect Sessions, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For in that death of malls, what dreams may come?</a>"</p><p>More info and recent news on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dead malls</a>:</p><ul><li><p><a title="Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Dead-malls and the return of Main Street" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead-malls and the return of Main Street</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure</a></p></li></ul> For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-04T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-06-12T10:46:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead malls</a> and ghost boxes haunt this week's episode, featuring special guest and longtime 'Nector, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nam Henderson</a>. Whether you're mourning or reveling in the dwindling population of the great American mall, their lifeless carcasses on the economic and urban landscape are starting to stink, and we have to deal with them somehow. With Nam as our spirit guide through the lost souls of dead malls, we discuss their future potentials within the suburban/urban environment, and grapple with their (perhaps bygone) social significance.</p><p>Nam also joins us for our discussion of very much alive-and-kicking news, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG taking over from Norman Foster</a> as the designer for Two World Trade Center, and the ongoing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">student protests at Cooper Union</a>. We also touch on the controversy surrounding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CoContest</a>, an Italian website for crowdsourcing design work, and its potentials for new models of architectural employment.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-two of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "For in that death of malls, what...</p> Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs Nam Henderson 2015-01-27T00:38:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T17:34:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our business is more regional and high-end focused,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;There are gradients of dead or dying or flat, but anything that&rsquo;s caught in the middle of the market is problematic."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nelson D. Schwartz explores 'The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls'. One response is articulated by Professor&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ellen Dunham-Jones</a>&nbsp;who has proposed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Retrofitting Suburbia</a>&nbsp;- whereby dying malls are rehabilitated, dead "<em>big box</em>" stores re-inhabited and parking lots our transformed into thriving wetlands.</p><p>Previously <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3</a></p> China's 'ghost mall' Archinect 2013-05-14T20:15:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:06:57-04:00 <em><p>The New South China Mall was once promoted as the world's biggest mall, but it's now pretty much deserted.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dead-malls and the return of Main Street Nam Henderson 2013-03-10T00:07:00-05:00 >2013-03-13T12:25:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The link between this New Urbanist development and a mall REIT is significant. It points to a danger raised by city planner Ann Satterthwaite: that post-mall neighborhoods will simply become outdoor malls, as controlled and sterile &ndash; and state subsidized &ndash; as indoor shopping centers.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Robbie Moore reviews the current state of thought, among&nbsp;urban planners, academics and real estate analysts, studying the future structure of regional towns and suburbs &ndash; and the future of public space, after "<strong>the mall</strong>" has gone. Concepts/terminology include; "<em>Dead Malls, Grayfields and Ghostboxes</em>".</p> <p> H/T <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a></p> China's ghost towns and phantom malls Archinect 2012-08-14T16:56:00-04:00 >2012-08-14T17:03:50-04:00 <img src="" width="624" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As growth slows, China's huge investment in infrastructure is looking ever harder to sustain, leaving a string of ambitious projects - towns, shopping malls and even a theme park - empty and forlorn.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire) Archinect 2012-07-17T12:18:00-04:00 >2012-07-23T19:07:27-04:00 <img src="" width="608" height="447" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gruen&rsquo;s idea transformed American consumption patterns and much of the environment around us. At age 60, however, the enclosed regional shopping mall also appears to be an idea that has run its course</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure Archinect 2012-06-14T17:59:00-04:00 >2012-06-15T13:24:21-04:00 <img src="" width="608" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For generations, government policies have been geared toward creating endless landscapes of strip malls... In the process we have gutted our traditional downtowns. We have eaten up farmland and forest. We have, as Nate Berg reported this week, endangered the lives of our senior citizens. We have engineered a world where children cannot walk or bike to school without risking their lives. We have created countless places devoid of any real social value.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Come See The Emptiest Mall In The World Archinect 2012-04-03T19:43:00-04:00 >2012-04-08T19:33:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The giant mall you see in the photos here didn&rsquo;t die. It has never lived, having been nothing but empty since it opened seven years ago. According to its Wikipedia entry, it has an astounding 2,350 available retail spaces, only 47 of which are occupied. Meet the world&rsquo;s largest shopping mall, the New South China Mall in Dongguan, China. It is twice as big as the huge Mall of America outside Minneapolis.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Making Over the Mall With Parks and Sermons Archinect 2012-02-06T14:17:00-05:00 >2012-02-06T14:32:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designers in Buffalo have proposed stripping down a mall to its foundation and reinventing it as housing, while an aspiring architect in Detroit has proposed turning a mall&rsquo;s parking lot there into a community farm. Columbus, Ohio, arguing that it was too expensive to maintain an empty mall on prime real estate, dismantled its City Center mall and replaced it with a park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>